The accreditation process for the UMMS School of Medicine’s educational program is now officially underway. My vision for our LCME 2012 accreditation is broad engagement across our educational community in a thoughtful self-review of our medical education program. This offers us the potential for transformative change, addressing areas of identified need, and celebrating our strengths and accomplishments as an organization. In broadly engaging our UMass community we call on you—our faculty, staff, students, leadership, clinical system partners, community-based educational affiliates, residents and alumni—to join us in this important work.
During the coming weeks and months, we will be initiating an institutional self-study process to comprehensively evaluate the educational program leading to the MD degree including our curriculum, learning environment and educational resources supporting our faculty and students. This process will culminate with an on-site review on March 4-7, 2012, by a survey team representing the Liaison Committee for Medical Education (LCME), the official accrediting body for United States and Canadian medical schools.
We view the accreditation process as an important opportunity for in-depth dialogue among our diverse constituencies that will foster ongoing innovation and change and enable us to build on past and present successes in medical education. This process will lead to a self-study report in which we identify areas of strength and weakness as well as strategies for addressing shortfalls and identified needs, in order to assure our compliance with accreditation standards and position us to meet future challenges.
I invite you to browse our website, contact us with your feedback and ideas, and check back often for updates and related LCME news.
The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) is the nationally recognized accrediting authority for medical education programs leading to the M.D. degree in U.S. and Canadian medical schools. The LCME is sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Medical Association.